I am shocked by Samar Halarnkar’s justification in India’s new Raj (Maha Bharat, November 12). Going by his logic, every Indian can justify violence against another by claiming affiliation to a race that has, in the past, conquered other people or nations. Being part of a greater empire, which no longer exists, is no excuse for the right to lord over others. If that were the case, we should have no problems with racism and erstwhile colonial nations should be allowed to treat their former subjects with contempt. It is shocking that a responsible newspaper has published such an article.
Dibakar Sarkar, Delhi
De-recognise the MNS
This refers to the editorial No longer tongue-tied (Our Take, November 10). In the backdrop of the Abu Azmi incident, it is clear that the Indian Constitution does not bar the usage of Hindi in the assemblies of those states where Hindi is not the official language. If that is the case, then why is the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) not being de-recognised and debarred from contesting elections?
It will not be an exaggeration to say that if the Congress is complicit in this shameful episode, we will be seeing the creation of another Bhindranwale-type monster.
Ananth Seth, Secunderabad
The recent drama in the Maharashtra assembly by the MNS members over the Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Azmi taking the oath in Hindi was disgusting and inappropriate. Hindi is our national language and there is nothing wrong in taking the oath in Hindi. The MNS legislators involved must be punished without delay. But what is stopping the Congress from coming down heavily on the MNS?
Sandeep Ghiya, Mumbai
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